Editorial Director, Madeleine O’Shea has acquired World English rights to two stunning books by Turkish writer Defne Suman translated by Elizabeth Goksel from Nermin Mollaoglu on behalf of the Kalem Agency. The first book, The Silence of Scheherazade, will be published in hardback, export trade paperback, ebook and audio in September 2021 and will mark her English-language debut, with the second book following in 2022.
Set in the ancient city of Smyrna during the early twentieth century, The Silence of Scheherazade follows the intertwining fates of a Levantine, a Greek, a Turkish and an Armenian family as their peaceful, multicultural city is ripped apart by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.
About joining the Head of Zeus family, Defne Suman said “I am honoured, very excited and looking forward to working with the team at Head of Zeus. Having my books available for the English speaking readers has been a long term dream of mine. I lived in Oregon many years and walked in the aisles of bookstores dreaming one day my name will be among the shelves. I can’t think of any better place than Head of Zeus (Daphne is from Greek mythology after all!) for making this dream come true.”
Madeleine O’Shea said “As soon as I started reading The Silence of Scheherazade I felt transported to a time and place beyond my imagining. This is a period of history I know only vaguely from rather dull history lessons at school, but by bringing character, colour, smells, sights and sounds to the facts, Defne has opened up a whole world to me. She is a very special writer and I am delighted to welcome her to Head of Zeus.”